When asked, “Who is the tragic hero in Antigone?,” you might automatically think of the character Antigone. The character’s name is the title of the play like in “Hamlet”. The only difference is that Hamlet was the tragic hero in “Hamlet” moreover Creon is the tragic hero in “Antigone”. It all comes down to the definition of Aristotle’s tragic hero. Aristotle states that a tragic hero is, “a person who must evoke a sense of pity and fear in the audience.
They are both flawed in their excessive pride, or hubris. This flaw is pointed out by many in the play, but only one character fits all the traits of a true tragic hero. Creon has a tragic flaw which leads to his downfall, and he realizes his faults in the end. Although Antigone has a very tragic ending, she does not fit all the traits of a tragic hero. Antigone's tragic flaw made her refuse to stop what she planned to do, even if death was the consequence.
O'Brien then shows them that they are both wrong at the end and that everything Winston did is the worst type of crime. Not only does his crimes have material consequence, but he loses the one thing he had kept safe throughout, his freedom. Winston may not be a hero to the people, not even close, but he wanted to be one. However, he was trying to be a hero to himself, give himself his own freedom. He spoke the truth at the end due to the O'Brien's torture and the mind control, he always knew this would be the outcome from his diary entries, the conversations with Julia and his observations of Jones.
In the play, Brutus never regretted killing Caesar for the reason that he did it for Rome’s best interest. I also rarely regret my actions since I recognize that there had to have been a reason for them. An example of this is ending a friendship with a person for being a horrible influence; I realize it had been a toxic relationship, even if I miss the
Without irony an author’s story will not be as interesting and will not keep the reader or audience’s attention for too long. Above dramatic irony was very sufficient because the reader knew about John’s affair, although Reverend Hale was unaware. This may have grabbed the reader’s attention more and lead them to suspension as to how or if Hale would find out. In my example of verbal irony, it was used in a form of sarcasm when it almost seems as if the outcome was backwards. For instance the innocents should live while the accused should be the one to die.
What is a tragic hero? A tragic hero is a protagonist in a tragedy that suffers more than they deserve. Even though they may have courage, honesty and/or integrity, the character has one flaw or mistake that inevitably causes them to suffer or die. In the play, The Crucible, John Proctor portrays the characteristics of a tragic hero. His honesty is his weakness that leads him to his death at the end of the play in which captures pity from the audience.
These characters show unshakable willpower in different ways, but all end up with devastating results. Antigone’s ambition shows her passion for what she believes in, but still ends up committing suicide. Creon uses his unshakable willpower in a selfish, non heroic way and ends up alone. Haemon, a loyal and confident man, speaks his voice to save Antigone and lead Creon into making the right decision for Thebes, but also ends up committing suicide after seeing Antigone dead. Antigone and Haemon are honorable for their actions, but still did not get the positive turn out that they are searching for.
Antigone is subject of a story in which she tries to secure a respectable burial for her brother Polynices or it is a Greek dreadful piece that stresses the use of power and morality vs. the law written by Sophocles or Both Antigone and Creon, the major characters in the play, could act for the dreadful hero. A mortal hero is a character who is known for being majestic and has a flaw that assists to his or her downfall. In guess, Creon best qualifies for being the mortal hero and fitting the definition read in the previous sentence. The things he said, did, and the comments that were made by those all over him show how a gentleman with everything could lose it all due to his own response. Firstly, Antigone tries to find the help of her sister, Ismene, but when she understands the fear and passive attitude Ismene has, Antigone ignores it as even a choice, another example of perhaps Antigone's tragic flaw, her own arrogance.
Unavoidable fate is a theme in many works of literature. The constriction of fate must have given Antigone a sense of hopelessness. Although, the notion may also have provided some comfort for Antigone in knowing that she could not have changed what was to happen. Furthermore, Creon mentions fate and his influence in his son’s death acknowledging that “[His] hand powered the knife,” and points to his tragic flaw saying that “[His] arrogance determined [Haemon’s] fate” (53). If the characters did not put so much emphasis on the constraints of fate, they would have taken accountability for their actions, perhaps resulting in more prudent decisions.
Although the refusal of naming others gets him hanged, Proctor finally sees some goodness in himself. He says, of himself, “I do think I see some shred of goodness in John Proctor” (Miller 1166). John Proctor is an excellent example of these three ideas regarding the tragic hero. He fits the other three points as well, but the points stated above are the most prominent. Aristotle’s ideas on tragedy have allowed readers to analyze stories differently.